Photo Journal: Oradour-sur-Glane

Introduction


Oradour-sur-Glane, a small village in Haute-Vienne  was occupied by the Nazi’s. on On 10 June 1944, 642 of its inhabitants, including its women and its children, babies in prams even, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS. After the war, a new village was built nearby, but president Charles de Gaulle ordered the burned remains of the original village maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. Visiting here is quite incredible. The amateur photographer in me couldn’t wait to visit, but the place left me brooding and silent. It is incredible. The village spirit and the souls that lived and died there, are palpable. Highly recommend. Wear comfortable shoes, arrive super early before the light is too harsh (a problem in these pictures), and just prepare yourself to be moved beyond the lens of the camera.

What touched me so deeply, are all the sewing machines in the village. Not just by the couturier, but in almost every household, what is left after the fire, is the sewing machine used by women to clothe their families.

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All photographs are my own.